Pre-fall 1997 Christian Dior by Galliano Sleek Flared Leg Black Jumpsuit w Beaded Straps & Hip Peplum
Fashion journalist Alexander Fury saw this on my Instagram when it first landed and helped me to identify this jumpsuit as being from the very first show that John Galliano designed for Dior. He designed the pre-fall ready to wear collection just before he presented his first couture show. Fury told me that the show was not actually shown publicly since they were in the middle of the switch over and they wanted the Couture show to be his debut to the public. He also pointed out that many of the elements in this show are seen in the next two couture collections that he did as well as the next few RTW shows. This makes this a significantly important piece that is very special and a rare and interesting piece on terms of the history of Dior and Galliano. This was sold but did not fit my client and is currently on the ay back so if you are interested in purchasing it please contact me.
The jumpsuit is made out of a black crepe that is slightly textured. It is cut to skim over the body and feel easy to wear. It's easy through the waist and then the pants skim down from there. Each leg is shaped into the perfect boot cut with just a hint of a flare by the time they reach the hem. Depending on how tall you are they will sit slightly cropped. Slung on each hip is a flap of fabric that gives the look of a peplum or perhaps a flap pocket but this is actually a design element that wraps all the way around the back and runs hip to hip. I love that this leaves the front sleek and flat so there is no bulk added yet at the same time it gives a bit of shape through the hips. It is like a design detail all on its own and makes wearing a belt optional. The bodice is cut to be fitted and hugs the body with a slight sweetheart shape at the top edge. There is a double strap that curves up and over each shoulder and these are made with a series of glossy black, faceted beads for the subtlest touch of high glamour. The cut of this is perfection and the fabric is exquisite. I love how it looks like you are wearing a chic little top and pants but being a jumpsuit makes it effortless to wear. It is so versatile and chic. It can be worn with flats for lunch or heels for evening. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk and closes at the side with a hidden interior zipper and a second exterior zipper on the top part over that. Tagged a Dior FR38 or US6 and looks to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: to 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from top of shoulder to the hem of the pants
Inseam: 28" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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